New evidence on the life and death of Hawkins' Rail Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi : Moriori accounts recorded by Sigvard Dannefaerd and Alexander Shand
|Title||New evidence on the life and death of Hawkins' Rail Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi : Moriori accounts recorded by Sigvard Dannefaerd and Alexander Shand|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2004|
|Authors||Cooper, JH, Tennyson, AJD|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||behaviour, Dannefaerd, Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi, extinction, Hawkins&rsquo, Moriori, rail, Shand|
A previously unknown Moriori-based account of the extinct Hawkins’ rail (Diaphorapteryx hawkinsi) from the Chatham Islands is presented and discussed. The account, recorded by Sigvard Jacob Dannefaerd in a letter to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild in 1895, includes details of the species’ appearance, behaviour and Moriori hunting methods. A second, similar description of a previously unidentified Chatham Islands bird is also linked to Hawkins’ rail. The clarity of the accounts suggests a considerably later extinction date for the species than previously supposed.